Fall Course Registration Now Open: Global Health in Local Contexts and Global Health Ethics

Are you a student or health care practitioner interested in global health? 

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) has opened registration for two fall semester courses available to UMN students and community members. 

Global Health in Local Contexts (GHSR 6713) and Global Health Ethics (GHSR 6725)  are open to all UMN graduate and professional students plus Twin Cities community members with an interest, and experience, in global health. Upper-level undergraduates may also be considered for the courses.

Global Health Ethics is a 2-credit course. Global Health in Local Contexts is a 3-credit course. Both may be taken for non-credit enrollment as well.

Find brief descriptions of each course below. Questions? Reach out to [email protected].


Global Health Ethics (GHSR 6725) Global Health in Local Contexts (GHSR 6713)

Global Health Ethics is an on-campus course that examines the current state of global health and the ethical frameworks that need to be considered in global health engagements.

Using a seminar-based model, this course explores various ethical frameworks including development ethics, public health ethics, religion and ethics, and biomedical ethics.

Students engage in discussions on ethical issues in global health engagements, pandemics, disasters, and global aid, and apply their understanding of ethical frameworks to case- based analysis.


  • Takes place fall 2023
  • Runs during the first half of fall semester: Sept. 5 to Oct. 17
  • Classes are held Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
  • Course is 2 credits; credit and non-credit options
  • Register in MyU for GHSR 6725

Global Health in Local Contexts offers students an immersive experience right here in the Twin Cities. This classroom-less course will offer lessons in health equity, social determinants of health and community-based healthcare.

Students will also be  engaged in collaborative learning with peers in Uganda and Haiti who will be engaged in parallel, geographically-based courses.

The course is held in community settings, such as Frogtown Farm, George Floyd Global Memorial, the UMN Community-University Health Care Clinic and Bdote/Fort Snelling State Park.


  • Takes place fall 2023 
  • Classes are held Thursdays, from 9:00 am – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Monthly Saturday meetings will take place via Zoom from 9:00 – 11:00 am: Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9.
  • One immersive Saturday class will take place Sept 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Course is 3 credits; credit and non-credit options
  • Separate application required; students will be given instructions to register in June.